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  • Writer's pictureLaura Poggi

Expanding Access: English Language and Community College Programs

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Expand Your Access to US Universities: Benefits and Opportunities from English Language and Community College Programs for International Students webinar was on January 21, 2021.

This panel with university representatives explored how aspiring international students may derive long-term benefits through English Language Programs (ELP) and Community Colleges. Did you know that these programs can open up a much wider field of choices for higher ed and beyond? Listen to this webinar and learn how you can maximize your long-term success and understand the benefits of community college!

Topics covered:

  • What should you expect from an English Language Program? How do these fit with longer term studies? What kind of certifications can you achieve?

  • Within US Higher Education, what are community colleges? What is their purpose? What are the advantages for international students who have an opportunity to attend community colleges?

  • How can attending an English Language Program or community college expand student opportunities, as compared to going straight into an undergraduate program?

  • Do I need to attend an English language program at my intended university?


Robin Lilienthal, Provost, Marshalltown Community College (Iowa Valley Community College System)

Robin has been Provost at MCC since 2010, and led the Iowa Valley Grinnell campus for ten years prior to that. Her passion for working in higher education and with college students started when she had a work-study job at age 18 in the career development and placement office. She quickly abandoned her dreams of Madison Avenue when she realized that she could make a career in helping students be successful while never leaving college! Her career in higher education has been highlighted with positions in academic advising at another community college, student activities and residence life at St. Ambrose University, and admissions and Greek affairs at Iowa State University. All of Robin’s education has been at ISU with a B.A. in Journalism Advertising, M.S. in Student Affairs, and Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Download these flyers to learn more about Marshalltown Community College:

Marshalltown Community College Viewbook
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Marshalltown Community College Internati
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Susan Edgington, Executive Director at ASU Global Launch, Arizona State University

Susan Edgington is the Executive Director of Global Launch at Arizona State University where she leads the Global Launch intensive English program, International Graduate Preparation Program, ASU-USA Pathways Program, and a suite of digital programs and courses. Prior to joining Global Launch, Ms. Edgington was Administrative Director for the QESST Engineering Research Center (ERC) at ASU, where she oversaw daily operation of the ERC and associated Solar Power Lab, as well as managing reporting requirements for the National Science Foundation and Department of Energy. Ms. Edgington has a degree in Business Administration Accounting. Her background includes training as a public accountant, ten years of ESL teaching experience in Japan and Mexico, and more than 16 years working in higher education.

Download these flyers to learn more about ASU Global Launch:

Global Launch ELP 2020
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ASU Global Launch Pathways Business
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This webinar is the fourth in EdAgree’s Global Education Series. Click to view the past webinar below:

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